The Early Learners
Program (PreK-G2)

Set your child up with a strong foundation in Reading, Writing and Math. Then, sit back and watch them thrive!

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Engaging Your PreSchool to
Grade 2 Children in:









The Big Jump from
Kindergarten to Grade 1

The transition from Kindergarten to Grade 1 is felt by all children and families. Many families come to us with concerns about their Grade 1 and 2 child’s progress or lack of, the challenges they experience when reading, and so on.

Take a look at the chart below to explore some of the challenges young children face when transitioning from Kindergarten to Grade 1:

The difference between kindergarten & Grade 1

Grade 1 and onwards is more academic than the play-based learning approach in Kindergarten.

Children are expected to be more independent in Grade 1 and onwards.

In Grade 1 in many cases children are expected to know how to read.

There is more of a focus on writing in Grade 1 as opposed to Kindergarten.

By Grade 1 children are expected to have a grasp of basic numeracy – in many cases, addition and subtraction.

In Grade 1 children are expected to comprehend reading at a higher level than in Kindergarten.


Although very engaging, the play-based model in Kindergarten does not set children up for a more Academic Grade 1 class.

Usually with fewer adults in the room by Grade 1, children are expected to do more work on their own vs. with more personalized supervision.

Alphabets are taught, however a higher level of phonetic fluency is needed and might not be explicitly taught in Kindergarten.

In some cases, children go into Grade 1 not even knowing how to hold a pencil./p>

Children who struggle with math early on may be at risk for math anxiety or perceive it as not “their subject.”

Even though many children can read, they may not understand what they are reading. This is a much-needed skills in Grade 1.

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Did You Know?

Ages 2 to 7 are Crucial Years for Your Child’s Brain Development.

Throughout these ages, children develop by:

Becoming physically stronger and developing more dexterity (i.e. holding different objects, etc.).

Learning letters, colors, counting and other foundational content for future years.

Learning how to understand and manage their feelings. By age 5, friends become important.

Learning an average of 50 words by age 2 and thousands of words by age 5 – enough to tellstories and carry on conversations.

Learning an average of 50 words by age 2 and thousands of words by age 5 – enough to tellstories and carry on conversations.

Learning to read and write.

Composing sentences with 5 for more words.

Performing simple addition and subtraction.

Understanding concepts of space and time.

Distinguishing fantasy from reality.

This is How We Set Your Young Child
Up for Success

  • Short micro-lessons to keep students engaged with important learning.
  • Personalized work based on your child’s grade and subject.
  • Additional practice and homework to keep your child engaged throughout the week.
  • School-based Homework support as needed to ensure your child is succeeding.
  • Test prep for school assessments as needed.
  • Ongoing assessments and recording of marks to track student progress.
  • Mini-reports sent home via email to keep families informed on their child’s progress.
  • Multiple opportunities to meet with your child’s teacher online to discuss progress.

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How We Help Your Child Build a
Strong Foundations

Numeracy skills
are built with the following strategies:

Using pictures

Virtual manipulatives

Student writing out their answers

Word problems

Math challenges

Math games

Short videos

Collaborative learning

Discussing strategies with the other students to build the strategies for all the students

Literacy SKIlLS

Journal writing

Read alouds

Digital stories

Rhyming games

Literacy-based games

Sight word learning

Reading strategies

Reading comprehension strategies

Sentence writing

Short videos

Collaborative learning

The ELP Classroom is a dynamic space that changes to accommodate the different learners and engage them in education. Our teachers are always looking to understand their students’ interests, needs and goals to ensure that every class is relevant and purposeful.

Class Structure

  • Classes are 2 times each week – usually Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday.
  • CEach class is 90 minutes (1 hour and 30 minutes) in length.

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Examples of Student Work

We are SO PROUD of our young learners and in awe of their growth and progress!
Take a look at some of their work and be amazed!

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can also grow and thrive in their foundational years!